As reported earlier Pat Patterson, the first ever WWF Intercontinental Champion and creator of the Royal Rumble match, sadly passed away at the age of 79.
Since the news broke, emotional tributes have been pouring in with the McMahon family leading the way.
Patterson was born into an impoverished family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1941 and began his wrestling training at the age of 14.
When he was an altar boy he mentioned that he was interested in becoming a priest but was advised against it by the church as he was seen as “too adventurous”.
In September 1979 Patterson was crowned the first WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion after an alleged tournament held in Rio de Janeiro – but this never actually took place, although it’s widely listed as fact in the history of the title. Patterson’s ‘victory’ would later become something of an inside joke during his on-screen presence as one of Vince McMahon’s stooges.
Officially retiring from wresting in 1984, he turned to commentary and refereeing and was the official at the main event of the first WrestleMania and also the main event of Wrestlemania XI.
Wrestling every now and then (as all good retired superstars do) he won the WWE Hardcore championship in 2000 and then became the oldest ever champion in 2019 when he pinned Drake Maverick to win the 24/7 title.
Pat Patterson, you will be missed.